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Idioms for worry

    no worries, Informal.
    1. Don’t be worried or troubled; everything will be fine: We'll help you move your stuff, no worries!
    2. (used as a conventional reply to thank you or thanks): Oh, no worries, it was fun having you come with us!
    Also not to worry .

Origin of worry

First recorded before 900; Middle English weryen, werwen, wyrwyn “to strangle, bite, harass,” Old English wyrgan “to strangle”; cognate with German würgen

synonym study for worry

3. Worry, annoy, harass all mean to disturb or interfere with someone's comfort or peace of mind. To worry is to cause anxiety, apprehension, or care: to worry one's parents. To annoy is to vex or irritate by continued repetition of interferences: to annoy the neighbors. Harass implies long-continued disturbance, torment, or persecution: to harrass a creditor.


wor·ri·er, nounwor·ri·less, adjectivewor·ry·ing·ly, adverb
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What are other ways to say worry?

The noun worry means “a worried condition or feeling.” How does worry compare to synonyms care and concern? Learn more on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for worry

/ (ˈwʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

noun plural -ries

Derived forms of worry

worrying, adjectiveworryingly, adverb

Word Origin for worry

Old English wyrgan; related to Old Frisian wergia to kill, Old High German wurgen (German (er) würgen to strangle), Old Norse virgill, urga rope
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